|Mooring operations on the aft deck|
|Disassembling and storing buoyancy spheres|
|Mick and Steve at work with the crane|
A typical mooring recovery involves ranging the mooring to find out its exact location, then acoustically releasing the instruments and mooring wire from its anchor on the seabed. The mooring then drifts to the surface and the ship is positioned to allow recovery on the aft deck. The mooring line is then slowly hauled onboard ship and the buoyancy and instruments removed from it.
To complement this work, we aim to complete a VMP and tow-yo CTD overnight tonight, before recovering the final two moorings tomorrow. Many thanks to Uriel for the recovery photos.